Office of
Sponsored Programs

Compliance Overview

University research is supported by a mix of sponsors that range from for-profit organizations, foreign entities and state and local governments. By far, the major source of university sponsored research comes from the Federal government. For this reason, regulation and compliance impose a significant demand on all universities, including Stevens. In that regard, the Office of Sponsored Programs acts in the role of steward for Stevens and on behalf of all sponsors that entrust us with funds, whether the source of those funds is private or public. OSP manages a substantial amount of the compliance associated with sponsored projects and aligns its efforts with the Office of Sponsored Accounting (OSA). Associated elements of data, data integrity and the quality control (audit) of regulatory compliance are also managed by OSP and OSA.

Primary areas of focus are:

1. Regulatory compliance such as the NSF RCR, PHS FCOI, IRB, IACUC, COI, Institutional Compliance Oversight Matrix and Export Controls.

2. Research data and data integrity such as creation and distribution of the monthly “Activity Report,” creation of standard and ad-hoc data reports, maintenance of the university’s research database (COEUS) and maintenance of the OSP website.

3. Research-audit and interface with Stevens’ internal auditors and our federal cognizant audit agency (usually in conjunction with OSA) as well as response to external audit requests such as the “NSF Desk Audit” that is typically done every other year. Other responsibilities are to manage research-related interface with the Division of Finance for such items as the University’s Single Audit.

4. Subject-matter experts for research data, audit and compliance, and

5. Training and education for OSP staff and the research community

Questions regarding any of these activities should be directed to the Executive Director of OSP, Barbara DeHaven at 201.216.8762 or at

Questions regarding any of these activities should be directed to the Executive Director of OSP, Barbara DeHaven at 201.216.8762 or at